October 12, 2010
Rokarola Records
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll

Album Review

Yeah, Ringo Starr was a Beatle, and as such, he was part of an incredibly creative band, and he no doubt contributed his share to that, but he was, after all, a drummer, and even if he was the exact right drummer for the Beatles (it’s difficult to imagine anyone else holding down that chair), he still had a limited vocal range and he certainly never aspired to be a frontman. When he began touring regularly in 1989, he wisely assembled his All-Starr Band with this in mind, and he was back in his element at these shows as the drummer who stepped into the spotlight to sing a song or two but left most of the singing to those who were better at it, and in the case of the rotating All-Starr Band, that meant singers like Levon Helm (“The Weight”), Rick Danko (“Raining In My Heart”), Jack Bruce (“Sunshine of Your Love”), and Felix Cavaliere (”Groovin’”), among others. Ringo stepped forward to sing signature songs like “Yellow Submarine” exactly like he did with the Beatles. This three-disc set collects live recordings from three of those tours, and it’s fun stuff, and if no one involved really gets to redefine himself, well, it’s got to be fun helping out the drummer for the Beatles.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. It Don't Come Easy
  2. The No-No Song
  3. Iko-Iko
  4. The Weight
  5. Shine Silently
  6. Honey Don't
  7. Quarter to Three
  8. Raining in My Heart
  9. Will It Go Round in Circles
  10. Life in the Fast Lane
  11. Desperado
  12. Norwegian Wood
  13. Walking Nerve
  14. Boris the Spider
  15. You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful and You're Mine
  16. Photograph
  17. The Really Serious Introduction
  18. I'm the Greatest
  19. Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go
  20. I Can't Tell You Why
  21. Girls Talk
  22. People Got to Be Free
  23. Groovin'
  24. Act Naturally
  25. Takin' Care of Business
  26. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  27. In the City
  28. Bang the Drum All Day
  29. Black Maria
  30. American Woman
  31. Weight of the World
  32. Back Off Boogaloo
  33. Yellow Submarine
  34. Show Me the Way
  35. Sunshine of Your Love
  36. I Hear You Knocking
  37. Shooting Star
  38. Boys
  39. Baby I Love Your Way
  40. A Salty Dog
  41. I Feel Free
  42. All Right Now
  43. I Wanna Be Your Man
  44. A Whiter Shade of Pale
  45. Hungry Eyes
  46. All by Myself
  47. With a Little Help from My Friends